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Rebels begin closing down offices as final Naga accord is imminent

The NSCN-U is one of the seven insurgent groups which joined the peace process under the banner of Naga National Political Groups or NNPGs.

Official sources said the offices and messes of all insurgent groups would be shut down phase-wise and their occupants would be asked to return to their designated camps.

Recently, Lt Gen (retired) Shokin Chauhan, who is the chairman of Ceasefire Monitoring Group and Ceasefire Supervisory Board, had directed the various extremist groups to close down their offices and messes.

These are mostly located in public places.

Meanwhile, the NSCN-IM, which spearheaded the Naga talks, urged the Nagas to be prepared for the final agreement.

“…The NSCN, with open heart, appeals and invites all our brothers and sisters in different groups to get on board the bus of Framework Agreement and be a part of the final solution in the greater interests of the people and peace and progress in the land,” the NSCN-IM said in a statement.

In neighbouring Manipur, the protestors, who are miffed over non-disclosure of contents of the Naga talks, have decided to stay away from all government “activities”.

The Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), which is leading the protests, said they had been forced to launch the non-cooperation movement as the state’s BJP-led government had failed to ascertain the terms of agreement reached between the Centre and Naga rebels on October 31 in New Delhi.

The COCOMI was annoyed that the state government paid no heed to its repeated appeals to convene a special session of state Assembly to reaffirm the protection of Manipur’s territorial integrity.

New Express News Service


Naga peace talks end on positive note

Kohima, October 31:

The Naga peace talks concluded on a positive note on Thursday after the final round of discussions between NSCN-IM and interlocutor RN Ravi. According to the sources, the parties arrived at a “mutual understanding” after days of inconclusive negotiations.

The meeting between a 15-member delegation of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) and Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi — Nagaland Governor — on the issue of “Greater Nagalim” and Naga peace talks concluded on Thursday. Unconfirmed reports state that the deadlock over separate flag and Constitution has been broken and they had agreed to sign a peace accord without a separate Naga constitution and with a “conditional flag”. The flag can only be allowed for non-governmental purposes.

According to the sources, the second session of the meeting on “Naga Peace Talk” took place in New Delhi at around 3 pm on Thursday and it lasted for an hour and thirty minutes. Among other things that were discussed include creation of Greater Nagalim, comprising regions of Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The Nagas are demanding India not to compromise on their territorial integrity.

The 15-member team of collective leadership of NSCN (IM) met with the Central government representative in the national capital on Wednesday twice, but could not reach to any conclusion on their issues. Following this, they met with the Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi again twice and pressed their demand for a national flag and a separate Constitution.

With several attempts of the peace agreement signed and failed between the Nagas and Indian government over the years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his previous tenure in 2015, signed a framework agreement with NSCN (IM). Due to this, six other Naga armed outfits under the banner of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) joined talks in 2017. However, NNPGs — a conglomerate of seven other Naga groups — made it clear in 2016 that they would sign the agreement without the separate flag, constitution and the territorial integration of Naga-inhabited areas outside Nagaland.

Since the details of the agreement were never made public, there is hardly any information on it. On one side, the government of India stated that it recognised the unique culture, tradition, history and position of Nagas, while on another hand, it doesn’t want a territory to be parted from its geopolitical map.

Former Nagaland chief minister and Nagaland opposition leader of Naga People’s Front (NPF), TR Zeliang tweeted, “I congratulate the Hon’ble PM Sh @narendramodi and the Union HM Sh @AmitShah for having the resoluteness to solve the Naga Issue. Also a hearty congratulations to Sh RN Ravi, the interlocutor and the NSCN(IM) and 7-NNPGs for arriving at a mutual understanding. ( Source: TNN & HT)


IAF strikes: China ditches Pakistan, advocates peace

China, India made constructive proposals for early solution to border dispute: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

BEIJING: Following India’s strikes on terror camps in Balakot+ , China on
Tuesday sent out a clear signal that it would try to restrain New Delhi and
Islamabad from aggravating the conflict instead of standing by its ally,
Chinese foreign ministry said that sound and peaceful relationship
between India and Pakistan is essential to maintain peace and stability in
the region.
“We hope the two countries would serve the objective of maintaining
peace and stability in the region,” the ministry said in reply to a question.
Beijing clearly wants to make sure that the upcoming meeting ofRussia, India and China (RIC)+ , which will be attended by
external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and foreign ministers of Russia and China, is not disrupted


India Confirms Air Strike on Biggest Jaish Terror Camp in Balakot

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is holding a press conference to give out details of the daring surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan on Tuesday morning.

Twelve Indian Force Mirage-2000 jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday morning and destroyed terror camps of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. The air strike, which has been dubbed surgical strikes 2.0, comes two weeks after a terror attack on CRPF solidiers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed the air strike and said a large number of JeM terrorists, trainers and senior commanders were eliminated in largest JeM camp in Balakot. The camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar. The government said the camp was located on a hilltop, deep in a forest, and far away from any civilian presence. 

Sources told media that the air force dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on the terror camp. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level Cabinet Committee on Security meeting in New Delhi along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley on the attack. The attack, which the government said was pre-emptive action in the face of more fidayeen strikes, took place at 3:30 am.

India had put all IAF bases in the western sector on maximum alert after the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The retaliation has come days after the Pulwama attack, where 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident had escalated tensions between the two neighbours, with New Delhi vowing to take stern action against Islamabad.

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor had tweeted saying that a “payload was released in haste, which fell near Balakot”. However, no casualties or damage was reported, he added.

Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.

Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow.

According to ANI, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa had visited Pakistani troops deployed at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and instructed them to “be ready to face any eventuality,” on Friday.

Bajwa had also visited the Headquarters Rawalpindi Corps on Monday, where he was updated on the operational situation and state of readiness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), LoC and Working Boundary (WB).

He met with Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan at the Air Headquarters in Rawalpindi where the two chiefs “deliberated on operational environment including threat and response” and “expressed satisfaction on readiness, coordination and synergy,” according to Ghafoor.

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COAS visited Headquarters Rawalpindi Corps. Commander Rawalpindi Corps updated COAS on operational situation & state of readiness along Line of Actual Contact (LAC), Line of Control and Working Boundary (WB). COAS expressed satisfaction on the state of preparations & readiness.


Indian Air Force jets crossed LoC, claims Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday claimed that the Indian Air Force jets
crossed the Line of Control (LoC), following which the former “scrambled”
The claim comes in the wake of tense relations between the two countries
in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, claimed by Pakistan-based
outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force
immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back.
Details to follow.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) 1551138140000
“Indian Air Force violated Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to
follow (sic),” the Spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted on Tuesday.